TV wiring is a nightmare. Whether it’s a small apartment or a large house, homes have wires. Many of these wires hang outside the home, which can be a blessing and a curse. On the positive side, it makes wiring your home easier and quicker. On the negative side, it can make wiring a TV a nightmare. Killing cables beneath a TV can be a huge pain. Not to mention expensive and time-consuming. With all the different TV wires and the amount of TVs, it can be difficult to know where to begin. This article will walk you through how to hide TV wires without cutting the wall.
How To Hide Tv Wires Without Cutting Wall
1. Find the right wall plate
This is the most difficult step. The most important thing to look for when buying a wall plate is that it matches your TV colors. Here’s a helpful chart:
2. Connect the wires
You can connect all of your wires in one go, or you can do it one at a time. We recommend doing it one at a time because it will make sure that you don’t get confused about which wire goes where. If you do it all in one go, you’ll have to keep referring back to the chart above and may forget which wire goes where.
3. Connect the power cord
When connecting the power cord, make sure that the power cord has been cut for your TV’s correct plug type. If not, this could damage your TV or create fire hazards in your home! Also, if there is any slack in the power cord, put on some tape so that nothing gets caught on anything when you are moving around with it hanging down.
4. Connect the HDMI cable
A good HDMI connection can make all the difference in your TV’s performance. Here are some quick tips:
- Your HDMI cable should be long enough to reach from your TV to your Blu-ray player, but not so long that it hangs down and gets caught on things.
- The cable should be connected to the input on your TV for the best picture quality possible.
- For older TVs, you may need a special adapter for the HDMI port. This will require you to buy an adapter from a different company and then connect it to the input on your TV. Do not use a cheap adapter made by someone else, as this might cause damage to your TV! You can find these adapters online or in stores like Best Buy.
5. Connect other devices
You can also connect other devices such as game consoles, DVD players, satellite receivers, etc. These devices are often labeled with their own colors so that they match up with their respective wires inside your home.
6. Enjoy your new HDMI setup!
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What Is TV Wiring?
- TV wires are the various wires that run from the back of your TV and are connected to the source device. These wires are responsible for connecting your TV’s source device to your television. These wires can be a huge pain, especially if you have a large number of devices.
- The term “TV wire” refers to all types of cables that connect your TV to its source devices, such as DVD players and cable boxes.
- The term “cable” refers to the wire itself, while “attached device” refers to whatever device is actually plugged into the cable (such as an antenna).
- There are two types of TV wiring: coaxial cable and composite video cable (also known as RCA cables). Both will be discussed in this article, however, only composite video cables will be covered in depth since they are more common and easier to understand than coaxial cables. Coaxial cables will be covered later in this article after composite video cables are finished.
- Coaxial cables are the more common type of TV cabling. They are also easier to understand since they consist of a single cable-like strand with two conductors (usually red and white). Coaxial cables are used by most TVs today because they can handle the higher data rate required by modern HDTVs, but they do have their limitations. They require a special type of connector (called a “dumb” connector) to attach to the main cable in order to connect your source device to your TV. This is a pain, especially if you have several devices and want to use them all at once.
- Composite video cables were once commonly used in homes before coaxial cables were invented as well as before composite video signals became common on TVs. Composite video cables use three wires: red, yellow, and white (or sometimes green). These three wires carry the composite video signal from your source device (such as your DVD player) to the TV. Composite video cables are also known as RCA cables.
The Basic Principles Of TV Wiring
- TV Wiring is a lot like plumbing.
- The most important part of TV wiring is the cable and not the wire.
- Do not cut, splice, or tape wires.
- Use fish tape to connect wires that are close together so they can be hidden behind furniture or wall hangings.
- If you don’t know where your wires are, use fish tape to find them and then mark them with a paint pen or something similar so you can easily identify them later on when you want to hide them in the wall without cutting the wall open again.
- Dig out wires that are too close to the wall and put them behind furniture or in a closet.
- If you want to hide your TV wires, use a fish tape to connect the new wires to existing ones and then run them behind furniture or wall hangings.
- Do not cut, splice or tape any of your existing cables.
How To Hide TV Wires Without Cutting The Wall
- Start by cutting the wires in the same location where the TV is to be hidden.
- Tape the wires to the wall in a way that makes it difficult for people to see them.
- Hidden TV wires will now be a challenge for anyone trying to connect or troubleshoot your TV.
Using Screens In Your Home
Use Plastic Sheathing
Most newer homes have sheathing boards that are very thin. Many of these boards are just 2″ thick, and they can be found at the corner of the house. These boards can be used to hide wires. If you have a TV in your bedroom, you can use these boards to hide the wires under your bed.
Use Plastic Sheathing as Wall Borders
If you have a wall with a TV on one side and no other wiring, you can use plastic sheathing as wall borders to hide wires in the wall. We recommend using 1/4″ plastic sheathing for this purpose. Not only will it make your wall look neat, but it will also keep wires from being visible from the outside of your house
Use Plastic Sheathing as a Ceiling
Most people don’t realize that they can use plastic sheathing as a ceiling. Not only will this help you hide wires, but it will also save you money because you won’t need to install insulation for the ceiling.
Use Plastic Sheathing as a Floor Border
If you have a floor with no other wiring, then you can use plastic sheathing to make your floor look nice and neat. This is especially important if the floor has lots of outlets and switches on it.
TV wiring is one of the most common home repairs. It’s not that hard to do, but it can be a bit of a challenge to hide the wires without cutting the wall. In this article, we’ll show you how to hide TV wires without cutting the wall in your home. We’ll also show you how to use screens in your home to hide TV wires.